Friday, August 17, 2018

Rules for Travel within USA are changing! Check REAL Id act.

NOTICE: State ID requirements for airline travel have changed!
 
Q. Am I required to have a passport as part of the REAL ID Act?
A: Starting October 10, 2018, you may be required to present an alternative form of ID (in addition to your driver's license), for domestic air travel. Among the acceptable identification forms are U.S. Passports, permanent resident cards, and more. For more information on the REAL ID requirements and to see the full list of states, please visit the Department of Homeland Security's DHS REAL ID webpage.
Q. Where can I get my passport photo taken?
A: Visit www.onlinepassportphotos.com or ipassportphotos.com! They will provide you with 6 perfectly sized, professional-quality passport photos that meet the government requirements listed on the U.S. Department of State's website
Q: How do I apply for a passport?
A: For information and forms needed for the application process, please visit the Travel section of the U.S. Department of State's website.
Q: Where can I get my passport registration form authorized?
A: Where you apply depends on when you need your passport and what form you use. For details, please visit the Travel section of the U.S. Department of State's website.
Q: How do I apply for a passport for my child?
A: Passport applications for children (under the age of 16) must be submitted in person. For more information on applying for a child's passport, please visit the Travel section of the U.S. Department of State's website.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Last date of application for free conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Card is on or before 31st December 2017

Last date of application for free conversion
of PIO Cards to OCI Card is
on or before 31st December 2017

GRATIS FEE (zero consular fees) will be applicable for
applications submitted on government website and CKGS website
as a part of OCI application process ON or PRIOR to
December 31, 2017(up to 2400 hours IST of December 31, 2017). Hence, do not worry about submitting your paper application. You can go ahead apply online before the cut off date and then submit paper application later.
Also, for OCI photos, they require digital image. To order your digital image, you can visit onlinepassportphotos.com OCI page.

Last date of application for free conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Card is on or before 31st December 2017. 
Thereafter a fee of US $275.00 will be charged as for issuance of a fresh OCI Card; and

All PIO Card holders are, therefore, requested to apply for converting their PIO Cards into OCI Cards,
free of any Consular Fee, on or before 31st December 2017;
The last date will not be extended beyond 31st December 2017.
Check details on San Francisco Consulate of India website:
http://www.cgisf.org/notice/display/202

The Government of India will charge a revised consular fee of US $275.00
for issuance of OCI in lieu of PIO Card from January 1, 2018 on wards
ICWF Fees CKGS Service
Fees will be charged over and above the Consular Fee. Therefore,
any application received ON or AFTER January 1, 2018 will be
charged with the revised fee of US $275.00.

GRATIS FEE (zero consular fees) will be applicable for
applications submitted on government website and CKGS website
as a part of OCI application process ON or PRIOR to
December 31, 2017(up to 2400 hours IST of December 31, 2017). 


REVISED FEES WILL BE APPLICABLE for all applications applied
ON or AFTER January 1, 2018. Click Here for more information.
With effect from October 2018, International Civil Aviation Organization
will accept only machine readable travel documents and hence
the existing PIO cards will become invalid All PIO Card holders are,
therefore, requested to apply for converting their existing hand written
PIO Cards into machine readable OCI Cards.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Travel tip: How to search tickets based on fare basis or class?

Checking ticket prices for air travel is very easy these days, particularly when you are paying cash. However if you are trying to use an air line miles bonus or a travel certificate, like skybonus, which has some ticketing restrictions, it becomes very difficult. I received two free tickets vouchers for travel on Delta. (I won them at the company Christmas party ;) ) The tickets have fare basis of T or lower. These are very restrictive tickets. I would find some available tickets on Delta.com but it would not let me use the vouchers for most of them. Delta service reps told me that I would have call to see availability and to book again the vouchers. After googling, I found a way to do the search myself!

Here is how you can also search plane tickets by fare basis or class. www.google.com/flights is one good alternative for searching for flights across airlines. However, google would not allow you to search by fare basis. For that, you will need to visit the Matrix system on ITA Software website.

  1. Visit matrix.itasoftware.com
  2. Select Airport code or name in Departing From and in Destination fields.
  3. You will see two more boxes below airport field. In the first one, end the airline that you want to search for. For Delta, the code is DL
  4. In the next field enter "f bc=T". This will limit search to fare basis of T or lower.
  5. Enter other parameters as needed. Once done, click on search!



Search air line tickets by fare class
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